Sketched Jan. 30, 2013 Most people know the first Starbucks is at the Pike Place Market. But how about the first Tully’s? Company founder Tom Tully O’Keefe told me it was in a shopping center near Panther Lake in Kent, but has been closed for more than a decade. As far as he remembered, the…More
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Sketched Nov. 21, 2012 You may look at this sketch and think I went to Switzerland, but I only had to go as far as Issaquah to enjoy a delightful Alpine scene. The authentic Swiss-style Edelweiss Chalet, home to Boehms Candies since 1956, was built by Julius Boehm, an Austrian immigrant who relocated his chocolate…More
Sketched June 7, 4:10 p.m. When I was at Bellevue’s Crossroads Shopping Center last week I took the opportunity to sketch another interesting outdoor art piece around the mall: the crocodile bench. It’s a bit hidden between bushes, so I’m not sure how many people know about it. I like it for its whimsy and…More
Sketched June 7, 1:46 p.m. With the summer solstice around the corner, seasonal farmers markets are back with colorful fresh produce you can buy directly from the growers. “What sells the most now are asparagus, lettuce, garlic and onions,” said Ramona Lopez, a farmer from the Yakima Valley I met this week at Crossroads Farmers Market…More
Sketched May 24, 12:48 p.m. This tree in O.O. Denny Park on the northeast side of Lake Washington is so special it has its name written on a plaque: Sylvia. Once the largest living tree in King County, it grew to be 255 feet tall and 27 feet around before a storm blew away its top…More
Sketched May 23, 2:49 p.m. During my visit to Finn Hill (see previous post) I stumbled upon a historic drive-thru espresso on Juanita Drive NE across from Village Mart. Owner Katrina O’Malley said her stand used to be a toll booth on the 520-bridge from 1963 until 1979 (see a plaque she keeps inside.) Some…More
Sketched May 23, 4:24 p.m. [Click to view larger] [Sketch location on my Sketcher Google Map] My once-a-month exploration of different communities in the Seattle area took me to Finn Hill this week (See previous dispatches from White Center, Beacon Hill and Shoreline). This quiet and…More
Sketched March 15, 2:46 p.m. Suzanne Tidwell and Beth Newfeld are using 35 miles of yarn to bring a splash of color, and a little controversy, to quiet suburban Sammamish. Last December, the local fiber artists covered six 20-foot tree stumps at a busy intersection with giant winter-themed knitted socks adorned with embroidered snowflakes. The self-funded…More
May 13, 7:18 a.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]
Last Thursday I caught up with bike commuter Glenn Hinrichsen at Lake Sammamish Parkway near Marymoor Park. It was not even 7 in the morning and he had already covered more than two thirds of his 16-mile commute from Kenmore to Bellevue. I was hardly awake.
April 26, 3:19 p.m. [Click on sketch to view larger] We do a lot of pretend shopping in my family. We go into a store but just look. We hardly ever buy anything, not impulsively at least. The impulse to draw, on the contrary, is harder for me to overcome….More